The Great River Road - Our Regions


Take a quiet paddle, head out with friends and family for a weekend on a party barge, or just cruise the river. Whatever method you choose, boating is a great way to explore the waters along the Great River Road. In the Quad Cities, kayak or canoe a section of the Rock River National Water Trail, experiencing metropolitan backdrops and rural landscapes. The scenic 2,400-acre shallow lake at Horseshoe Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area will have you thinking of the bayou as you glide through cypress-tupelo swamps. In northwestern Illinois, Savanna’s kayaks and fishing boats will get you rollin’ on the river, and Amber the Adventure Bus will transport you back to town. Experience the Mississippi from the deck of an authentic paddlewheel boat aboard the Celebration Belle. Set your own course with a pontoon or fishing boat rental from the marina at Kinkaid Lake. Whether it’s a speed boat on the busy waters of the Mississippi or kayaking a secluded cove on a quiet lake, boating is a great way to explore the waters of the byway.


Andalusia Slough Recreation Area

Bear Creek Recreation Area

Big River State Forest

Blanchard Island Recreation Area

Blanding Landing Recreation Area

Brussels Ferry

Cedar Lake

Cedar Lake - Shawnee National Forest

Celebration River Cruises

Channel Cat Water Taxi


Delabar State Park

Fin & Feather Campground

Frank Holten State Recreation Area

Golden Eagle Ferry

Grafton Ferry

Grafton Harbor

Henderson County Conservation Area

Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park

Horseshoe Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

Horseshoe Lake State Park

Illiniwek Forest Preserve

Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam

Johnson Creek Recreation Area - Shawnee National Forest

Kampsville Ferry

Kaskaskia River State Fish & Wildlife Area

Kinkaid Lake & Trail System - Shawnee National Forest

Kinkaid Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

Lake Murphysboro State Park

Loud Thunder Forest Preserve

Marquette Park

Mississippi River

Mississippi River Cruise

Mississippi River State Fish & Wildlife Area

Morrison-Rockwood State Park

Nauvoo State Park

Nuts Outdoors

Oakwood Bottoms - Shawnee National Forest

Peabody River King State Fish & Wildlife Area

Pere Marquette State Park

Piasa Harbor

Quad Cities Water Trails

Randolph County State Recreation Area

Rock River National Water Trail

Spring Lake Campground

St. Genevieve-Modoc Ferry

Thomson Causeway Recreation Area

Two Rivers YMCA's Sylvan Boathouse

Union County State Fish & Wildlife Area

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge and Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Pine Lakes